The List family, from left, Christopher (5), Dylan (7), Caitlyn (3), mum Denise Kritikakis, Keira (3) and Chloe (10).
The List family, from left, Christopher (5), Dylan (7), Caitlyn (3), mum Denise Kritikakis, Keira (3) and Chloe (10). Allen Winter

Mum’s budget blues as childcare changes come in too late

MOTHER of six Denise Kritikakis says she won't benefit from the Federal Government's $3.5billion childcare shake up announced in the budget.

That's because the changes won't come in for more than two years.

Her three-year-old twins go to Stepping Stones Child Care Centre; she pays $335 per child per week for that. Those fees are reduced by 50% under the existing system for Ms Kritikakis' and other families that qualify.

However that system is to be replaced by the new Child Care Subsidy scheme announced on Tuesday with the government claiming families will be $30 better off each week and women more able to return to work - lifting the overall household income.

But those measures don't take effect until July 2017 when Ms Kritikakis' children will be well and truly at school.

She said the changes didn't seem that significant anyway, and failed to see how saving $30 per week on childcare costs would get women back into the workplace.

"It means that people who need relief right now won't receive any until then," Ms Kritikakis said.

"Maybe if there was also some more help for mothers to get back into the workforce, with assistance with training schemes. That would make a difference."

The $3.5 billion over five years for the new Child Care Subsidy will replace four other schemes and be available to working parents, those looking for work, training, studying or other recognised activities such as volunteering.